KAMBARANG (OCTOBER – NOVEMBER)
Wildflower season, or the season of birth
This is called wildflower season, or the season of birth, and for good reason! During Kambarang, we see an abundance of colours and flowers exploding all around us.
The yellows of many of the wattles (Acacias) continue to abound, along with some of the Banksias and many other smaller delicate flowering plants including the kangaroo paws and orchids (kara or djubak). The balgas (grasstrees) will also start to flower at this time, especially if they’ve been burnt or closely shaved recently.
One of the most striking displays of flowers to be seen during this season will be the moodjar (WA native Christmas tree) which flowers across Nyungar boodja (Country) from October to January. The appearance of the bright orange/yellow flowers serve to signal the heat is on its way.
This is the time of the year you are most likely to encounter a waakal (python) or yoorn (bobtail lizard), as the reptiles start to awaken from their hibernation and make the most of the warmth to assist them in getting enough energy to look for food.
It’s also a time that many young families of birds will be singing out for their parents to feed them. Koolbardies (magpies) will still be out protecting their nests and their babies, so don’t forget to duck!
Many things are undergoing transformation with the warm change in the weather and the landscape is alive with colour and noise as a result.
It’s a wonderful time to be out in nature, bushwalking, fishing, soaking up the sun on the beach or camping. We might see you out and about!